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  • The South Central Solid Waste Center and the county’s solid-waste transfer stations in Anthony, La Mesa, Hill, Butterfield, Mesquite, La Union, Hatch and Garfield will be closed all day Sunday, June 20, 1999, but will reopen Monday and Tuesday, June 21 and 22, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

    The closure reflects historical trends of very low usage of the facilities on Father’s Day.

  • Heavy rains in the Las Cruces area Thursday morning washed out roads in many parts of the East Mesa, forcing County Transportation Director George Avalos to suspend all maintenance and construction projects in order to put his full crew in the field to fix blocked roadways.

    As of 9 a.m. Thursday, June 17, Avalos said road closures remained in effect on Desert Park and Laramer Roads in Butterfield Park. Some side roads also were affected, he said.

  • Heavy rains in the Las Cruces area early Thursday morning washed out roads in many parts of the East Mesa, but County Transportation Director George Avalos said all roads had been reopened by 5 p.m.

    Avalos urges residents to exercise caution on the newly opened roads, and to give a wide berth to barricades where wash-out and sluff-off have occurred near the shoulders.

  • Heavy rains in the Las Cruces area early Thursday morning displaced mobile homes from their foundations and washed out roads in many parts of the East Mesa, forcing area emergency response crews to act quickly to save lives and property.

  • Thanks to a concerted lobbying effort headed up by Doña Ana County Commission Chairman Gilbert T. Apodaca, the New Mexico Association of Counties will bring its 2001 annual convention to Las Cruces.

    “This is very good news for all of Doña Ana County,” Apodaca said. “We have not hosted the convention since 1990, and now is our chance to both show off the growth in our community and to enjoy the financial benefits of a convention of this size and stature.”

  • Doña Ana County Commission Chairman Gilbert T. Apodaca has been named to the Executive Committee of the New Mexico Association of Counties. He will represent the counties of Doña Ana, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra and Grant.

    Kelly Orrick, executive director of the association of counties, said Apodaca will serve alongside the organization’s president, vice president, president-elect and past president, along with committee members representing five other multi-county districts.

  • Capacity of the Expansion unit: 305 beds

    Total Capacity of the Expanded Detention Center: 867 beds (note: the Southern N.M. Correctional Facility has a capacity of 800, including the 300-bed Paul Oliver Unit.)

    Cost of the Expansion: $5.3 million

  • The U.S./Mexico Border Counties Coalition has scheduled a press conference for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at the Las Cruces Hilton.

    The press conference will cap the 24-county coalition’s June 11-12 meeting that got underway today at the hotel, with introductory remarks by County Commissioner Carlos Garza and Las Cruces Mayor Ruben Smith. Items that will be highlighted during the press conference are scheduled to include:

  • It takes a bit of paperwork, but Lt. Vicki Garcia of the Doña Ana County Detention Center plugs away, month after month. And the results are tangible: Since 1996, she has landed $691,000 in federal funds to help reimburse the county for the costs of housing documented illegal aliens detained locally by the state.

  • Doña Ana County personnel officer Victoria Lusk, who works in the Human Resources Department, has been certified as a “Professional in Human Resources” by the Society for Human Resource Management.

    According to Cornelia Cont, director of the Human Resource Certification Institute, Lusk’s certification, dated May 13, 1999, signifies that she “completed an experience evaluation and a rigorous examination of comprehensive knowledge in the field of human resource management.”